Have you noticed an uptick in artistic, beautiful and creative wall murals popping up all over the DMV? From churches to empty buildings and bypasses, artists are bringing their talents to the streets…quite literally. Photographers are using these colorful murals as backdrops for fun, family photos and kids love them! Do something different with your little ones and take them on a hunt for these fun, contemporary murals. Take pics and add a pop of culture and color to your lives!

“Life Makes Music”
Location: Riggs Rd. & South Dakota Avenu]]]e, NE 
Artists: Joel Bergner & Rashad Cuffee

In 2008, artists Joel Bergner and Rashad Cuffee teamed up to teach local youngsters spray painting skills. Created through the Murals DC program, whose mission is to pair young people with professional artists to use their skills to beautify their neighborhoods, this gorgeous mural was born. One can almost hear the music as vibrant colors and intense imagery, make this mural come alive.

JFK Mural
Location: Pepco’s Harrison Street Substation (Friendship Heights Metro Station)
Artist: Matthew Riegner

Matthew Riegner, a local artist, was hired to beautify a Pepco substation next to the Friendship Heights Metro station that was unsightly. Riegner created two side-by-side murals of our 35th President, John F. Kennedy. The murals are based on the 1963 commencement address, Kennedy delivered at American University, just a few miles away from where the mural now stands.

Cirque du Soleil
Location: 635 North Carolina Avenue, SE
ArtistAniekan Udofia

Located in the Eastern Market area of Washington, DC, this stunning mural garnishes the William H. Rumsey Aquatics Center. Rumsey was the former Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and co-founder of DPR’s Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM).  Artist, Aniekan Udofia created a cool-toned, free-flowing image of an underwater woman that represents the carefree, childlike joys of the swimming pool.

Birth of Our Dreams
Location: 1375 Missouri Avenue, NW
ArtistCecilia Lueza

This soulful mural located at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School chronicles the varied musical history of the District. Painted by Argentine sculptor and painter Cecilia Lueza, the mural honors Maria Rodriguez, celebrated D.C. jazz musician and teacher. Near the school’s playground, the mural also displays whimsical images reminiscent of play and discovery.

“Paint The Town”
Location: Arlington Blvd. Bethesda, MD
Artists: Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn

“Paint The Town” was the first public art mural project commissioned by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. You can find it at the Capital Crescent Trail Retaining Wall located on Arlington Road. Young Baltimore-based artists, Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn are the creators of the mural. Their passion is to alter public spaces into imaginative and vibrant experiences. The artists say they were inspired by the massive 400 foot long wall to create an eye-catching compilation of abstract lines, shapes and colors. Thousands of cars and pedestrians pass by the intersections of Bradley Blvd and Arlington Rd. daily. Now they have something beautiful to look at!

Do you have a favorite mural? Tell us about it in the comments.

—Guiomar Ochoa